Monday, October 17, 2011

Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011

Please welcome Janet Mullany to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Janet:  Humor, I think, which creeps in unbidden into nearly everything I've written.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Janet:  Since I've sold on proposal by necessity I've become a plotter, but my synopses are very vague with huge holes so I actually write as a pantser and trust that everything will fall into place.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Janet:  Jane Austen--of course--Mrs. Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Anna Maxted, Terry Pratchett. All English!

TQ:  You’ve written 2 Austenesque paranormal novels – Jane and the Damned (2010) and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (2011). What inspired you to write them?

Janet:  The editor who bought my first Regency chicklit, The Rules of Gentility, suggested I write something about Austen and vampires, since at the time P&P&Zombies was very big. I'm not sure that what I wrote, Jane and the Damned, was quite what she had in mind, but she wanted something funny, which she did get. I don't consider myself a paranormal writer but I had fun creating a world that could accommodate both Jane Austen and the supernatural.

TQ:  Describe Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion in 140 characters or less.

Janet:  Chawton vampire alert! Jane is Damned again.

TQ:  How does Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion fit into the Austen pantheon? Does it continue an Austen novel or present an alternate version? Or is it something else?

Janet:  Absolutely something else. It's based very loosely on episodes in Austen's life but in an alternate England where vampires are "out" and visible in society. In the first book, Jane and the Damned, Austen is created a vampire and is taken to Bath to take the cure, the Bath waters, but when the French invade, she stays a vampire to fight them. JABP is set 13 years later when the Damned, the vampires, are out of favor and settle in the village of Chawton, and their proximity to Jane makes her acquire vampire characteristics once more.

TQ:  What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? Why?

JanetEmma--it's funny and full of levels of irony and deception (in both Austen's and the characters' voices) and it always engages me when I reread it.

TQ:  If you could go back in time to have tea with Jane Austen what would you want to ask her?

Janet:  About the letters her sister Cassandra destroyed although I suspect they were full of nasty comments about her family and/or people she knew, nothing really juicy! Also what she thinks of the whole Austen sequel, prequel industry.

TQ:  Will there be additional Jane Austen paranormals?

Janet:  Probably not. It was a two book contract and I wrapped up both the story arc and Jane's life in the second book.

TQ:  What’s next?

Janet:  My next book is a rewrite of my first novel Dedication, the only trade Regency with two bondage scenes, which Loose-Id will be bringing out next year. I've also got a short story in the fabulous anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It ed, Laurel Ann Nattress, which also came out this month. I'm writing this from Ft Worth, TX where we had a book launch party for the anthology, JABP, and Carrie Bebris's latest--it was also the location for the JASNA Conference, which was wonderful.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, Jane and the Damned and Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion
William Morrow Paperbacks
October 4, 2011

It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

Jane and the Damned
William Morrow Paberbacks
September 28, 2010

Jane Austen
Novelist . . . gentlewoman . . . Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to know.

Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—by an absolute cad of a bloodsucker—she acquiesces to her family’s wishes and departs for Bath to take the waters, the only known cure.

But what she encounters there is completely unexpected: perilous jealousies and further betrayals, a new friendship and a possible love. Yet all that must be put aside when the warring French invade unsuspecting Bath—and the streets run red with good English blood. Suddenly only the staunchly British Damned can defend the nation they love . . . with Jane Austen leading the charge at the battle’s forefront.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Laurel Ann Natress (editor)
Random House
October 11, 2011

Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie VieraRigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley

“My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy’s heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen—her novels, her life, her wit, her world.

In Lauren Willig’s “A Night at Northanger,” a young woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe’s “Waiting” captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion’s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family’s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall’s “Jane Austen’s Cat,” our beloved Jane tells her nieces “cat tales” based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Intolerable Stupidity” finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany’s “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley’s “Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,” a widow doesn’t believe she’ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.

Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.

About Janet

Janet Mullany was born in England but now lives near Washington, DC. She’s worked as an archaeologist, performing arts administrator, waitress, bookseller, and as an editor/proofreader for a small press. Her debut book was Dedication, the only Signet Regency to have two bondage scenes, followed by The Rules of Gentility (HarperCollins 2007), which was acquired by Little Black Dress (UK) for whom she wrote three more Regency chicklits, A Most Lamentable Comedy, Improper Relations, and Mr. Bishop and the Actress. Her career as a writer who does terrible things to Jane Austen began in 2010 with the publication of Jane and the Damned (HarperCollins), a book about Jane as a vampire, and a modern retelling of Emma, Little to Hex Her, in the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen headlined by Mary Balogh. Her most recent book is Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, about the vampire invasion of Chawton (William Morrow, 2011).

Janet's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite Jane Austen novel?


Novel you would like to see given a paranormal treatment?

Please remember - if you don't answer one of the questions your entry will not be counted.

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3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, October 24, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Due to the fact I am a paranormal buff I would like anything to have a paranormal twist. I love any book with a vampire. --Rachel C.

  2. I would like to see Rebecca by Dauphne Du Maurier with a paranormal twist. Mrs. Danvers would be a great ghoul or zombie!

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  3. I love Pride and Prejudice (pretty typical)and I read Pride and Prej and Zombies and it was fantastic. I'd love to see more. I enjoy civilized, modest monsters.
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  4. Now that I'm a bit older Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel. I'm betting that The Scarlet Letter could be great with a paranormal twist as well!

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  5. My favorite is Northanger Abbey.

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  6. Thanks for a great post! My fav JA is of course P&P but Emma was pretty close. I have the P&P w/ Zombies for my kindle, haven't read it yet, but am looking forward to it. I'd have to say if we could twist it up, a great classic to try would be Jane Eyre.

    Thanks again!

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  7. GFC: Arianne Cruz
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    My favorite is Pride and Prejudice :)

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    GFC Krystal Larson
    I love Pride and Prejudice! Thank you :)

  9. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane austen.

    I have read a number of Austen "mash-ups" and a few I enjoyed but most I did not.

    T would like to find where this book ranks, so please enter me.

    Thank you.

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  10. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is one of my fav books. Acutally, it's the very first 'classic' I read, and it's like the first don't forget it!

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  11. Id love to see great expectations as a paranormal

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  12. My late-mother was in love with the movie The Grapes of Wrath. It reminded her of her youth or something. I HATED the movie, it was sooo depressing! Anyway, I'd like to see the book given a paranormal twist. Maybe a few vampires or werewolves or something. Maybe I could read John Steinbeck with that improvement!

  13. I have never read Jane Austin books. But adding paranormal is great for all books.
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  14. I love Jane Austen and the different takes on her books are so much fun, although I haven't read any of yours...yet.
    Picking a favorite book of hers is tough, but I'd have to go with the classic and, in my opinion, most popular: Pride and Prejudice.
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  15. my favorite Jane Austen book is Pride & Prejudice......

    i'm a GFC follower......
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    thank you for this giveaway!!!!


  16. My fav Jane Austen book is Pride & Prejudice. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  17. Hi everyone and apologies for dropping in late but I'm so glad the party is underway! Great ideas for transforming classics into paranormals! In my book I have Austen write Mansfield Park with an (almost) all vampire cast, but her brothers persuade her to change it. I feel I've done my best to explain why MP is such a strange book!

  18. My favorite Jane Austen would have to be PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, closely followed by SENSE & SENSIBILITY.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  19. My favorite Jane Austen novel is either Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion. I would love to see a paranormal twist on The Scarlet Pimpernel. :)



  20. I have to go with most of the others and say pride and Prejudice.
    But i am huge into paranormal so I feel with the right author anything could be made into a paranormal book. It just takes imagination and great writing skills!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  21. It's apparently not such a popular choice, but my favorite JA book is Emma! Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I would LOVE to win a copy of this book:)

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  22. It seems that most of us favor Pride and Prejudice most. It is one of my annual re-reads, I love it so!

    Thanks for adding two more books to my TBR, evil Qwill! ;)

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  23. What a wonderful interview! Seriously, Janet had me at "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." when I first read The Rules of Gentility. Everyone should be reading and enjoying this incredible, witty talent.

    Favorite Austen novel? Persuasion. Hands down. Love Captain Wentworth and his devotion to Anne Elliot. He was and, I suspect, always will be my favorite romance hero.

    Thanks again for the fab interview. Oh... followed & tweeted. :)

  24. My favorite nove is Pride & Prejudice, I'll have to say that I did watch the BBC (my love for Colin Firth began) version before I read any of her novels :)
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  25. Yes! Let's hear it for Persuasion and Emma! Emma such a minefield of a book (in a good sort of way!)--it's full of twists and turns and surprises, and Austen is quite brilliant at keeping you guessing.

    @Reading mind, I think it's true that your first Austen stays with you-mine was Persuasion.

  26. i love your movie : becaming a jane =D

    paranormal novel i loved is vampire's story and werewolf

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  27. I'd love to see the Wizard of Oz paranormalized.
    +1 GFC- Lisa Richards


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  28. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are both my favorite. Thank you for the interesting interview and for this awesome giveaway! :D

    I'm a blog follower.

    Giada M.

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